A Healthy Approach To Renting Property

by - 3/13/2018 10:38:00 PM

Renting property is one of the more lucrative and reliable markets you can attempt to be part of. Of course, there is a relatively high cost of entry. It also requires a great deal of trust to pull off well. Unlike many businesses, the benefit you experience will largely depend on the quality of the customers you ‘sell’ to. There are very few businesses which require such a long-form relationship to be developed if you’re to be successful in any capacity. If you do manage this, you can experience a very trusting, reciprocal financial time. This gives you both a sense of mutual stability, and the business relationship flourishes.

However, it’s not hard to see how one or two bad tenants might completely hamper your potential annual revenue. This is very worrying to consider and can make you hesitant about starting out in the first place. Of course, if you have property to rent, small possibilities like this are usually best mediated with a health approach from day one. You might be renting for different reasons, and with different demographics in mind. It might be your hope to rent a spare room in your home or separate an entire building into flats for young professionals.

No matter what you choose, be sure to adhere to the following procedures:

Identify Your Demographic

It’s important to know who you want to rent to. This doesn’t mean distinguishing on an individual level of course, although it’s easy to tell who will and might not make the best clients. Identifying your demographic can be done through socioeconomic class, as well as how long the tenancy is likely to be. For example, it’s perfectly your right as a landlord to only rent to those who are willing to sign a lease of three to five years. You might choose not to rent to those on welfare programs. You might prefer students that keep temporary contracts year round.

To begin with, you need to know why and how you’re trying to attract a certain demographic. This will inform your decisions in decoration and the implements you install. For example, it might be that you install safety locks on the cupboards and doors in a building filled with students, to give them each security and private space. You might even decide to discern your potential client further, at the risk of taking longer to find someone suitable. It’s not uncommon for landlords and property agents to ask for a minimum income before letting out to someone in order to confirm the cost of living with well within a client’s means. This can come across as slightly invasive, however, and you’ll most likely be able to discern this through credit history checks.

Organization, Organization, Organization

The most important part of being a landlord is the organization, as you might have figured out by the heading of this section. It’s hard to overstate how important this is. If you have many tenants, you will need to consider them all, and attend to their issues promptly. This means keeping clinical control over your schedule each morning, and attending to flexible needs when possible. For example, you might have a list of maintenance jobs to take care of. In order to attend to them, you may need to make routines of action each day, especially if your properties are located separately or even in different cities.

You must also have a large support staff network, either internally or through associated businesses. If the power is out in a certain building, you can be sure that dropping everything to attend to that, no matter the time of night or service cost, will put you in good stead. All of your processes for repair and solution attendance should be outlined in your landlord forms, as this is the ‘sacred’ text between you and the tenant, and both sides of the relationship will adhere to this. A letting agent can help you pin down the details, but don’t be afraid of listing out any quirk or unique requirement you have in your particular situation, and allow the tenant to negotiate them. This compromise is in both of your best interest.

Be Accommodating & Respectful

There is much material out there outlining how important it is for a tenant to behave appropriately. This is a complete truth. However, something that is discussed much less is the responsibility of the landlord to upkeep their side of the bargain and provide a pleasant experience. You are running a business in the final analysis, and to gain a good reputation you must be accommodating and respectful of your tenants.

Sure, you might only have a temporary relationship with them. Sure, they might be young and slightly awkward about keeping your place completely clean. However, sometimes overlooking a couple of small issues can put you in good stead, and when it comes to keeping tenants happy and positively in possession of your home, every little help. The landlord who criticises and moans over small issues such as a trash pile up instead of being polite and forthright is often the one who is seen negatively, even if in the right.

Never intrude on the personal space of your tenant without advanced notice. It’s your right to visit and conduct checks as per the terms of your contract, but a minimum time must be given. At least twenty-four to forty-eight hours of notice before you show people around is also customary. If you have a security deposit waiting, you needn’t have to inspect. Treat your tenants with the benefit of the doubt. Trust them to live in your property respectfully, and most of the time they will. Save your retribution for when the true toxic tenants neglect to pay or damage your property. Then the local authority will take your claim much more seriously, and your reputation will be unsullied. In an environment where the local word can spread fast, this is one of the most beneficial ways to gain a regular turnover of clients over the years.

Not only will these tips help you approach renting healthily, but you’ll also find the experience to be a much more positive one.

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